The Simplest, Most Direct Argument for God’s Existence |

William Lane Craig is one of the sharpest Christian apologists today, especially on questions about God’s existence, Jesus’ Resurrection, and objective morality. The Evangelical philosopher travels around the country giving workshops and lectures, but he’s best known for his public debates with well-known atheists and skeptics. (You can watch many of them online through his excellent Reasonable Faith website.)

During these debates, Craig has a very short time to make a clear and compelling case for God. One of his favorite arguments, on which he wrote his doctoral dissertation, is the kalam cosmological argument. Christians have many arguments for God, but the kalam has become increasingly popular because it is straightforward, easy-to-remember, and modern physics affirms one of its crucial premises (note: the argument doesn’t depend on science, but the latest science strongly affirms it.)

The kalam argument is fairly simple:

1. Whatever begins to exist has a cause for its coming into being.

2. The universe began to exist.

3. Therefore, the universe has a cause for its coming into being, outside of itself.

Yesterday, Craig released a short five-minute video covering the basic argument. Watch it a few times, remember the in’s and out’s, and you’ll be prepared next time someone tells you, “There’s no evidence for God!”

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  2. This is the idea my mother laid out for me when I went through my (admittedly small) crisis of faith in college. She said it was Thomas Aquinas’ originally, I believe. I was just reading Thomas Merton last night, who was talking about faith in terms of its relationship with emotion and reason. It was something to the effect that faith is a choice to use your reason to accept that which cannot be proven or disproven.

    Reasonable Faith sounds like a website right up my alley. And that picture is amazing.

  3. I enjoyed this video. Aristotle, and subsequently St. Thomas Aquinas, dealt with the uncaused cause, which is essentially what this video is about, only it contains the most recent science. Very interesting.

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